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popular vote

noun
1.
the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college.
Compare electoral vote.
2.
the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.
Origin of popular vote
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • In 1824, he was elected Vice-President,—the only man on the ticket to be chosen by popular vote.

    The Battle of Principles Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Moreover, there was to be an Advisory Council elected by popular vote.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • In 1912 Wilson received forty-two per cent of the popular vote, and eighty-two per cent of the electoral vote.

    Government in the United States James Wilford Garner
  • These treaties, it was said, had already been ratified by a popular vote early in 1870.

    Ulysses S. Grant Walter Allen
  • Finally, on June 8, when a popular vote was taken, the State was in the military control of the Confederacy.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
Contemporary definitions for popular vote
noun

the process by which qualified voters choose candidates or vote on issues, as opposed to elected representatives or an electoral college

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